DUEL 2 NEWSLETTER

Date   : 03/09/2005    Duedate: 03/22/2005

MALCORN ARENA

DM-15    TURN-505

This Weeks Top Honors

THE DUELMASTER IS

BATTERY
STARBASE 5 (263)
(15-2293) [15-4-1,100]

Chartered Recognition Leader   Unchartered Recognition Leader

BATTERY                        XANE REAVER
STARBASE 5 (263)               DARK CREATION (471)
(15-2293) [15-4-1,100]         (15-4666) [3-1-0,22]

Popularity Leader              This Weeks Favorite

GREENGROVE                     PUTRID CORPSE
GREENWARDENS (244)             DARK CREATION (471)
(15-4612) [13-12-0,51]         (15-4665) [3-1-0,21]

THE CURRENT TOP TEAM

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          TEAMS ON THE MOVE            TOP CAREER HONORS
Team Name                  Point Gain  Chartered Team
1. STARBASE 5 (263)            42
2. DARK CREATION (471)         30      STARBASE 5 (263)
3. KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)        8      Unchartered Team
4. TRIPLE CROWN (382)           2
5. GREENWARDENS (244)           1      DARK CREATION (471)

The Top Teams

Career Win-Loss Record           W   L  K    %  Win-Loss Record Last 3 Turns    W  L K
 1- 1*THE RIP-OFFS (440)        24  10  0 70.6   1/ 1 STARBASE 5 (263)         10  5 1
 2- 2 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   14   7  1 66.7   2/ 4*DARK CREATION (471)      10  5 1
 3/ 5*DARK CREATION (471)       12   8  1 60.0   3/ 2 GREENWARDENS (244)        6  9 0
 4/ 3 STARBASE 5 (263)          48  36  2 57.1   4/ 3 TRIPLE CROWN (382)        4  1 0
 5/ 4 TRIPLE CROWN (382)       290 236 16 55.1   5- 5*THE RIP-OFFS (440)        3  2 0
 6/ 6 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     62  70  4 47.0   6/ 6 KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)     2  1 0
 7/ 7 GREENWARDENS (244)       364 479  8 43.2   7- 7 OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)   1  1 0

    '*'   Unchartered team                       '-'  Team did not fight this turn
   (###)  Avoid teams by their Team Id          ##/## This turn's/Last turn's rank

                                    TEAM SPOTLIGHT

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                        ---===FREE BLADES REGIONAL NEWS===---

                                     Duelmasters
                                     -----------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): CAT TASTROPHIE of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): PLATO of DREAMERS (Sleepy, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): CITATION of TRIPLE CROWN (Sultan, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): FELIX of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): PIP THE TROLL of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): SIT of VALHALLA (Odin, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): LAVA RUNNER of PRIMAL FURY (Sensei Jan, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): ENOSHIMA of BLACK SAMURAI (Doc Miracle, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): KIRKEN TUORNIN of THE NIGHTHAWKS (Firehawk, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SAVORY of SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): NIMBLE NEUTER of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): HUCKLE CAT of BUSY, BUSYTOWN (Huckle Cat, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): ELLEN SUE GOTLANDER of GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): STORM SERPENT of SUPERIOR FORCES (Manager, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): YAIWE of DARK SIDHE (Daehir, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): MECHANISM of TOOLS OF TORMENT (Mad Max, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): COOL CAT of ARENA FELINES (Garfield, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): YANKEE DOODLE of WORLDWIDE GORE (Crip, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): PARANOIA of DSM4 from ZUKAL (The Sandman, mgr.)

                                      Top Teams
                                      ---------
 DM   9 ZUKAL (turn 510): BLUE MOON (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BLOODSUCKERS (Way Cool, mgr.)
 DM  15 MALCORN (turn 504): STARBASE 5 (Zeus, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 506): GOLDEN GLADIATORS (Midas, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 505): HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  19 ZUWAYZA (turn 503): THE MAGNIFICENT MAGS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 251): NORTHERN BADLANDS (Maximillian, mgr.)
 DM  29 LAPUR (turn 495): EQUESTORS (Spartacus, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): THE STORMGUARDS (The Icelord, mgr.)
 DM  32 ARVAT (turn 492): SARATOGA GLORY (The Trainer, mgr.)
 DM  33 NIATOLI ISLAND (turn 490): THE SEWING CIRCLE (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  35 MURSKA (turn 483): CHILDREN OF LLYR (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 446): GIRLS X3 (Non, mgr.)
 DM  45 STORMCROWE (turn 226): DARQUE FORCES (Master Darque, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  50 SNOWBOUND (turn 208): SNOW CALL HAMMERZ (Hammer, mgr.)
 DM  56 ROCANIS (turn 371): ARNIE'S ARMY (Barnabas, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 350): FAVORITE GUYS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  73 ERINIKA (turn 156): DUDS (Amy A. Airhead, mgr.)
ADM 103 FREE BLADES (turn 396): LEGION OF DUMB (Carnage, mgr.)

                                   Recent Graduates
                                  -----------------
 DM  12 RIZTAB (turn 510): BADGER of HIGH JINKS (Jondeaux, mgr.)
 DM  16 WILLAF (turn 505): PEACH NUTT of PUNNY AMINALS (Jorja, mgr.)
 DM  17 ALJAFIR (turn 504): MCARTHUR of HEROESANDFOUNDONES (The Judge, mgr.)
 DM  28 MORYA (turn 250): ALARIC of THE WARLORDS II (Fizban, mgr.)
                          RAY D AYTOR of OTTO'S MECHANICS (Crip, mgr.)
 DM  31 CHIMLEVTAL (turn 249): DROKK of WHAMMO & THUDDA 4 U! (Micky, mgr.)
 DM  43 VEASTIAN (turn 445): DISMAY of HELL'S PAWNS (Harbinger, mgr.)
 DM  47 SCOMSS SWAMP (turn 221): RAINBOW of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
                                 DEEP FRIED LARD of MYSTIC ORC FEAST (Slugbait, mgr.)
                     (turn 220): COURAGE of LAND OF OZ (Oz the Successful, mgr.)
 DM  61 JURINE (turn 349): DRACO EL TANIN of BLADE AND BLOOD (Noachian, mgr.)

                                      SPY REPORT

     The sages err'd not in their foretelling of a god descending upon MALCORN, for 
I, Novgorodny Vir, have returned!  Practice pays for BLACKWIND, who pummelled 
GREENGROVE, to pocket 24 points.  Win some, lose some.  Speaking of which, INDEMOS 
was winsome, after beating FLESH GOLEM and seeing it lose 5 points.  What can be a 
greater victory?  BATTERY has taken his place as the top, as MALCORN's new 
Duelmaster.  So who's the team that's been walking into taverns last week and 
ordering milk?  Sounds like a PR stunt to me.   
     So much to report, so little time!  Everyone is famous for fifteen minutes, and 
STALKING HORSE is it right now.  Most challenged warrior.  Isn't GREENWARDENS proud!  
As a confidence booster, MORTIKHAN challenged STALKING HORSE, down 17 points.  Do you 
also slay vicious rodents in your spare time, MORTIKHAN?  MORTIKHAN beat STALKING 
HORSE.  The whole thing leaves a bitter memory.   
     The moving sword slashes, and having slashed, moves on...  Questions are being 
raised about the disposing of severed body parts in the arena.  A certain tavern in 
MALCORN would I avoid!   
     All good things must come to an end.  As if buffeted by forces of nature beyond 
my control, I must take my leave of this place.  Like a mixed metaphor, and an 
overtaxed simile, I now bid MALCORN farewell-- Novgorodny Vir  

DUELMASTER                     W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BATTERY 2293                 15   4  1   100       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER CHAMPIONS           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 NIGHTWYN 891                 17  15  2    97       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
-LIL E. TEE 4608              10   4  0    91       TRIPLE CROWN (382)

CHAMPIONS                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 MORTIKHAN 2294               14   9  1    90       STARBASE 5 (263)
-JAVOR 3796                   11   3  1    79       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
 STALKING HORSE 4569          14  29  1    72       GREENWARDENS (244)

CHALLENGER ADEPTS              W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 WOODEN ARROW 4619            11   7  0    63       GREENWARDENS (244)
 MAYFLOWER 4649                6   4  0    61       GREENWARDENS (244)
 CHARISMATIC 4607             14   9  0    59       TRIPLE CROWN (382)
-LAN 4415                      7   0  0    59       THE RIP-OFFS (440)

ADEPTS                         W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
 BLACKWIND 2518                3   0  0    56       STARBASE 5 (263)
 OAKLEAF 4651                  6   3  0    54       GREENWARDENS (244)
 GREENGROVE 4612              13  12  0    51       GREENWARDENS (244)
-MEAN GUY 4416                 6   1  0    51       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
 FOREVER 2540                  8   5  0    41       STARBASE 5 (263)

CHALLENGER INITIATES           W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-DASHING 3798                  3   4  0    32       OF WOLF AND MAN 5 (367)
-RED STORM 986                 6   6  0    30       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)

INITIATES                      W   L  K POINTS      TEAM NAME                  
-ILMARYN 4413                  5   2  0    23       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
-STASHEFF 1112                 3   3  0    23       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 XANE REAVER 4666              3   1  0    22       DARK CREATION (471)
 PUTRID CORPSE 4665            3   1  0    21       DARK CREATION (471)
-ZOID 4432                     2   2  0    19       THE RIP-OFFS (440)
 INDEMOS 4668                  1   1  0    18       STARBASE 5 (263)
 AARON SLAYSONG 4664           2   2  0    10       DARK CREATION (471)
-MR. PISTON 1095               1   2  0    10       KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)
 FLESH GOLEM 4663              2   2  0     8       DARK CREATION (471)
 ARKAIK SLAUTER 4674           1   0  0     8       DARK CREATION (471)

'-' denotes a warrior who did not fight this turn.

THE DEAD               W  L K TEAM NAME             SLAIN BY             TURN Revenge?
ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662   1  2 1 DARK CREATION 471     BATTERY 2293          504         
ECLIPSO 4667           0  1 0 STARBASE 5 263        ARKANE SLAYBACK 4662  503 REVENGED

                                     PERSONAL ADS

Citation -- A few of us have just enough tourney experience.  We wanted to make sure 
we would live long enough to make it to the Isle, with hopes of Pprimus someday. -- 
Mortikhan

Stalking Horse -- You DO teach good skills!  You mind if we go one more round? -- 
Mortikhan

Lan -- I got ripped-off! -- Forever

Dark Creation -- He was an honorable warrior to meet me on the sands.  Trust me when 
I say this, your stablemate's death was not intentional.  I fight with no desire to 
kill and I never aim criticals.  Now I will say, he got what he deserved.  I will 
await any future bloodfeud, if you desire. -- Battery

Jorja -- Fourteen wins eh?  I might have a better chance with Citation's good word!
-- Battery

Citation -- Here's a round on me!  Drink up and I'll buy ya another.  Now how about 
that good word. -- Battery

Mortikhan -- You know, I'm getting so TIRED of losing, maybe I'll retire. -- Stalking 
Horse
P.S.  But then again, maybe I won't, because Jorja isn't looking very cooperative.

Charismatic -- What's the good of charisma when you're a horse?  Who'd want to kiss a 
horse?  Yeah, okay, then who'd want to follow a horse around all the time?  Think how 
tricky the footing could be! -- Oakleaf

Javor -- So, are you a wolf, or a man?  Inquiring minds want to know. -- Mayflower

Who told the Kung-Fu Master he could kick me in the, um, where he did? -- Wooden 
Arrow

Ilmaryn -- Impostor!  You're too short to be Shewish! -- Greengrove
P.S.  Even I am too short to be Shewish, and I've got five inches on you.

Lil E. Tee -- That's my special talent. -- Stalking Horse

Mortikhan -- Actually, no.  Triple Crown warriors are horses.  I'm more of a cat's 
paw. -- Stalking Horse

1 March 2005
                                    The Contract
                         [as retold by Hammer the WordSmith]
     What had begun as a contract for swords and armor between a well known name in
the DM community and the former VC Captain/WordSmith and WeaponSmith of the Vendetta
Cartel Tarantula Tribe was destined to impact and altar the landscape of the dueling
community for years to come.
     The following is but a condensed retelling of history in the making.

    Hammer continued sipping his tankard of Elven Tonic as the mysterious hooded
figure quietly seated himself across the table from the Veteran Manager whose back
was against the wall; allowing for a subtle, but effective surveillance of the dimly
lit tavern.
     Recent events in both Illis and North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena had stunned the DM
managerial world with the announcement that Hammer had resigned from his position as
a well respected member of the Vendetta Cartel Alliance.
     Those managers and associates closest to Hammer were shocked and dismayed that
there seemed to be NO Rational Explanation for Hammer making such a seemingly
irrational, hasty and extremely illogical decision; by what seemed to be a spur of
the moment reaction following the Declaration of War by Hammer in the DM 47 P-ads.
     This is what stirred the mysterious hooded figure to seek Hammer with a request
that would change the managerial course of both men; ultimately Rocking the
Managerial World of Alastari as a result of the forthcoming decisions reached by the
two Veterans.
     Time passed swiftly as both Veteran Managers discussed how the landscape of the
DM game on the sands of Alastari had changed over the years both in Basic and Tourney
play; producing a new breed of managers who would of necessity band together in an
alliance with a common goal; waging war against antagonists while improving the
managerial skills of each participating member in their glorious quest for DM
excellence.
     Hammer listened intently as his unexpected guest inquired about the situation in
North Fork/SCOMSS Swamp Arena; revealing his desire to participate in the upcoming
Turf War 4 contest in DM 47 with an alliance that would accept him on a more
permanent basis other than for just fighting together as a TW4 alliance to win fame
and Gift Certs.
     Here was a Veteran Manager, seeking the advice of Hammer regarding an alliance
to join on a permanent basis; plus extending a sword arm of friendship and requesting
that Hammer join him as an alliance mate with those who would welcome their
membership.
     The Iron in the Words of Hammer had produced this opportunity as a result of the
recent conflicts witnessed first hand by the manager seated across the table from
Hammer.  This Veteran Manager had been secretly searching and scouting around
Alastari for someone worth his mettle to fight alongside; someone who would know
where to find the perfect gang of rebels who were unafraid of waging war against
anyone.
     Hammer knew exactly where to look and in a matter of days the two newcomers were
welcomed into the ranks of a group of managers who received them as war waging equals
in an alliance that had joined a Confederation of Alliances for the TW4 contest.
     Fighting under the banner of The Illuminati Confederation of Alliances alongside
members of Chaos Inc, kLk and The Company of Brothers during the TW4 was more than
either of the two Veteran Managers had envisioned a few months ago.
     Hammer was now entering a new journey with a new attitude.
     Perhaps you readers may have noticed that new attitude by now since this
announcement by Hammer is uncharacteristically Exclamation Point Free.
     Except for the famous quote by Hammer at the end of this announcement.
     Now that Hammer and the Mysterious Hooded Figure have agreed to join forces with
an alliance whose members have welcomed them enthusiastically; let those who desire
to be antagonistic be forewarned as to the identities of these newly welcomed wagers
of war:

Tripwire
kLk Bringer of Pain

Hammer
kLk WordSmith and WeaponSmith
Minister of War
Illuminati Idealist

     "May Your Blades Be Sharp and Your Wits Sharper!"

                                  LAST WEEK'S FIGHTS

MORTIKHAN bested STALKING HORSE in a 1 minute master's Challenge fight.
BATTERY vanquished CONVICTED ASSASSIN in a 1 minute uneven Title battle.
NIGHTWYN demolished WOODEN ARROW in a 1 minute uneven fight.
MAYFLOWER was viciously subdued by VENOMOUS CONCUBINE in a 2 minute gory contest.
CHARISMATIC savagely defeated FOREVER in a unpopular 19 minute bloody match.
GREENGROVE was vanquished by BLACKWIND in a 1 minute mismatched fight.
OAKLEAF overpowered KARNHORN SPY in a 1 minute mismatched brawl.
INDEMOS overpowered FLESH GOLEM in a 1 minute uneven melee.
AARON SLAYSONG won victory over MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute beginner's duel.
PUTRID CORPSE defeated EMBEZZLING SCRIBE in a 2 minute gory beginner's duel.
XANE REAVER overpowered PERSISTENT BEGGAR in a 1 minute uneven match.
ARKAIK SLAUTER beat MORDANT DESERTER in a 1 minute novice's fight.

                                    BATTLE REPORT

             MOST POPULAR                        RECORD DURING THE LAST 10 TURNS     
|FIGHTING STYLE               FIGHTS        FIGHTING STYLE     W -   L -  K   PERCENT|
|WALL OF STEEL                    6         PARRY-LUNGE        1 -   0 -  0     100  |
|BASHING ATTACK                   3         LUNGING ATTACK    15 -   3 -  0      83  |
|LUNGING ATTACK                   2         SLASHING ATTACK    5 -   3 -  1      63  |
|SLASHING ATTACK                  2         BASHING ATTACK    17 -  11 -  0      61  |
|TOTAL PARRY                      2         AIMED BLOW         6 -   5 -  0      55  |
|AIMED BLOW                       1         WALL OF STEEL     28 -  25 -  1      53  |
|STRIKING ATTACK                  1         TOTAL PARRY        9 -   9 -  0      50  |
|PARRY-LUNGE                      0         STRIKING ATTACK    4 -   6 -  0      40  |
|PARRY-STRIKE                     0         PARRY-STRIKE       0 -   0 -  0       0  |
|PARRY-RIPOSTE                    0         PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -   2 -  0       0  |

Turn 505 was great if you     Not so great if you used      The fighting styles of the
used the fighting styles:     the fighting styles:          top eleven warriors are:

LUNGING ATTACK     2 -  0     AIMED BLOW         0 -  1         5  WALL OF STEEL  
SLASHING ATTACK    2 -  0     PARRY-LUNGE        0 -  0         2  LUNGING ATTACK 
BASHING ATTACK     2 -  1     PARRY-STRIKE       0 -  0         1  BASHING ATTACK 
WALL OF STEEL      4 -  2     PARRY-RIPOSTE      0 -  0         1  AIMED BLOW     
TOTAL PARRY        1 -  1     STRIKING ATTACK    0 -  1         1  TOTAL PARRY    
                                                                1  PARRY-LUNGE    

                               TOP WARRIOR OF EACH STYLE

FIGHTING STYLE   WARRIOR                     W   L  K PNTS TEAM NAME                  
WALL OF STEEL    BATTERY 2293               15   4  1  100 STARBASE 5 (263)
BASHING ATTACK   MORTIKHAN 2294             14   9  1   90 STARBASE 5 (263)
AIMED BLOW       WOODEN ARROW 4619          11   7  0   63 GREENWARDENS (244)
TOTAL PARRY      CHARISMATIC 4607           14   9  0   59 TRIPLE CROWN (382)
LUNGING ATTACK   BLACKWIND 2518              3   0  0   56 STARBASE 5 (263)
Note: Warriors have a winning record and are an Adept or Above.

The overall popularity leader is GREENGROVE 4612.  The most popular warrior this turn 
was PUTRID CORPSE 4665.  The ten other most popular fighters were MORTIKHAN 2294, 
NIGHTWYN 891, BLACKWIND 2518, XANE REAVER 4666, BATTERY 2293, OAKLEAF 4651, INDEMOS 
4668, ARKAIK SLAUTER 4674, AARON SLAYSONG 4664, and STALKING HORSE 4569.

The least popular fighter this week was CHARISMATIC 4607.  The other ten least 
popular fighters were FOREVER 2540, FLESH GOLEM 4663, GREENGROVE 4612, MAYFLOWER 
4649, WOODEN ARROW 4619, STALKING HORSE 4569, AARON SLAYSONG 4664, ARKAIK SLAUTER 
4674, INDEMOS 4668, and OAKLEAF 4651.

The following warriors will travel to AD after next turn:

NIGHTWYN (15-891) KAMAKAZI HITMEN (116)